The Effects of Medication Errors

Doctors are not only responsible for prescribing patients the right medications, but also the right dosage.  Physicians may not be responsible for potential side effects listed on the warning label of a drug, but a doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice if a patient was injured because the wrong medication or dosage was prescribed.

wrong medication prescribedIt may also be medical malpractice if a doctor prescribes a drug that is known to have an adverse interaction with another drug the patient is taking. To avoid this type of medical malpractice, patients should provide their healthcare providers with an accurate list of medications. The doctor is responsible for reading the information and deciding the correct treatment based upon a person’s medical history.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 95,000 reports of medication errors since 2000.

Common causes of medication error include mix-ups of drugs with similar sounding names. The FDA issued a public health advisory in January 2008 warning that children and adults have died when they were mistakenly given edetate disodium instead of edetate calcium disodium (calcium disodium versenate).

Medication errors can be deadly. Survivors of adverse events caused by a medication error can be left with a lifetime of complications and medical bills.  No one should have to deal with the financial repercussions of a negligent physician writing the wrong prescription.

For more than 30 years, the medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss have advocated on behalf of Pennsylvania and New Jersey families affected by hospital negligence.  If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury because of a medication error, the medical malpractice team may be able to assist with obtaining compensation for health problems that should never have happened.

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